History of Jake by tangshuming


									                                  The history of “Jake”

                                    Original napkin drawing

IF you ever wondered how the C6R Corvette Factory Racing Team Mascot “Jake” logo
originated… here is a great explanation with the original design on a dinner napkin just above,
as well as on the concrete floor in the Corvette team pit area, at bottom, at the 24 hours of Le
Mans in 2005. Kudos and credit certainly go to Mike Furman of Criswell Chevrolet in
Gaithersburg, Maryland for providing us with this interesting and factual story. In fact, Mike
took the bottom photo of Jake (gas hoses and all) while he was in France for a week attending
the 24 hours of Le Mans as a guest of Chevrolet for being the top individual sales person for
Corvette nationally…

In 2004, Team Corvette members used skull icons along with the slogan “Take No Prisoners” to
symbolize their mentality during the 24 hour endurance race. Designer Eddie Jabbour of Kick
Design attended that race and saw the inclusion of this icon into the team atmosphere which
prompted him to put together a more specific design. Jabbour scribbled the Corvette flags on a
“cocktail napkin and drew a skull around it”, and upon the teams acceptance of this unofficial
mascot, “Jake” was born. It was a former NYC cop, Gary Claudio, who gave the Racing Skull
Mascot the name “Jake”.

The logo first officially appeared on the b-pillar’s of the Corvette C6R’s at the 2005 LeMans
race, and was later featured on team uniforms, crew shirts, and driver helmets before blossoming
into an entire clothing and accessories line sold by BadBoyVettes.com (along with it being
painted on the pit floor at Lemans).

The Jake mascot represents a continuous “Take No Prisoners” attitude that the Corvette Racing
team embraces. In 2006, a larger version found its way to the right front bumper during the Petit
LeMans and Laguna Seca races where it stayed to this day. Identical versions were added to the
rear bumper. The only change is the C6R eurostyle typeface changed to an italicized version in

Going into the final race of 2007 (Laguna Seca), the Corvette Team had clinched the
championship. To celebrate this success, one race special paint schemes were designed with
large “Jake” logos on both sides which covered the cars sides from top to bottom, and on the
hood. The #3 and #4 cars were negative images of each other, each with a flip flopped color
design design from the other.
“We wanted to do something special for Laguna Seca, and the guys on the team are totally
behind Jake,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “He’s a little edgy, urban,
and underground. Young fans get it. The special Jake cars are a one-time only deal, just for fun,
to make the last race of season memorable for the fans.”

In 2008 the “Jake Scrape”, a continuation of the bottom end of the “Jake” skull worked into a
front to rear racing stripe, was born. At the Detroit race that year, another large Jake skull found
its way into the C6R hood within the waterfall heat extractor.

A different version found its way into a major design of the Corvette C6R’s hood paint scheme
at Laguna Seca in 2008. This one race scheme replaced the “Jake Scrape” with a wide black
stripe with silver outer stripes. Within the black stripe on the hood was a large silver “Jake”
skull. This design later became the basis for nearly identical vinyl graphics on a limited edition
production 2009 Corvette Z06.

The “Jake” logo also made it onto another GM production vehicle as standard equipment when it
was added to the top of the air intake of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Chief Engineer Tom Wallace
saw the crossed flags on the ZR1’s supercharger along with the conventionally placed ones on
the nose and the intake snorkel he balked at the 3x arrangement. His solution to honor the ZR1
connection to its racing roots and replace one set of flags with the embossed Corvette Racing

                              First “Jake” on the pit floor at Le Mans

                                      Photo by Mike Furman

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